|January 22nd, 2019|
Most of my stuff lives in the cloud: email on Gmail, docs in Google Docs, photos in Google Photos, data in Google Drive. I trust Google a lot for this sort of thing, both given their public reputation and as an employee. I think Google is extremely unlikely to lose or corrupt my data.
The next biggest place where I have things is on the server that runs
jefftk.com. I back this up to my laptop with a cronjob that
rsync -t -l -r -c ps:jtk/ www-jefftk-com/ --delete-after rsync -t -l -r -c ps:tc/ www-trycontra-com/ --delete-after rsync -t -l -r -c ps:fr/ www-freeraisins-com/ --delete-after ... rsync -t -l -r -c ps:kf/ www-kingfisherband-com/ --delete-after rsync -t -l -r -c ps: ps-rest/ --delete-after rsync -t -l -r -c ps:/etc/ ps-etc/ --delete-after
This copies each of my websites, the rest of my home directory, and
the contents of
/etc. It's set to run once a day, if my
laptop is on then, which it is more often than not. It copies them
into a subdirectory of
~/Google Drive, which means it then
all gets synced to Drive.
I also have a cronjob set up to run twice a month that backs up the
comments on my blog posts. It pulls out the
/wsgi/json-comments/ urls from my blog posts, fetches them
all, and saves them. When Google Plus gets turned off I'm planning to
configure my comment system to serve those comments from my backup.
Finally, code lives on GitHub plus local checkouts on my server, laptop, or both.
Everything on my laptop is temporary, and anything important is under
~/Google Drive. All my dotfiles, including my
are symlinks to into
The main weakness in this setup is its dependency on Drive. Specifically:
For the portion of Google Drive synced to my laptop, if I accidentally deleted or changed things locally that could be synced up. If I noticed right away there's the Drive Trash which keeps things for 30 days, or I could contact support. Something that corrupted files in a subtle way could be pretty bad.
Very occasionally people have lost access to their Google accounts. For example, by forgetting your password or getting mistaken for a fake account. If this happened to me it would be a disaster: so much of what I use is a Google service.
Update 2019-01-26: the day after posting this I spilled water on my laptop, but it was actually fine.
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